Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of volume or capacity in the US Customary System, used in liquid measure, equal to 1/4 of a pint or four ounces (118 milliliters).
  • noun A unit of volume or capacity, used in dry and liquid measure, equal to 1/4 of a British Imperial pint (142 milliliters).
  • noun A ravine.
  • noun A narrow stream.
  • noun Zoology The respiratory organ of most aquatic animals that obtain oxygen from water, consisting of a filamentous structure of vascular membranes across which dissolved gases are exchanged.
  • noun The wattle of a bird.
  • noun Informal The area around the chin and neck.
  • noun Botany One of the thin, platelike structures on the underside of the cap of a mushroom or similar fungus.
  • intransitive verb To catch (fish) in a gill net.
  • intransitive verb To gut or clean (fish).
  • intransitive verb To become entangled in a gill net. Used of fish.
  • idiom (to the gills) As full as possible; completely.
  • noun A girl, often one's sweetheart.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A girl; a sweetheart: used in familiarity or contempt, as either a proper or a common noun.
  • noun [Short for gill-creep-by-the-ground, or gillrun-over-the-ground, homely names for the plant, in which gill is a familiar application of the feminine name.] The ground-ivy, Nepeta Glechoma.
  • noun Same as gill-beer.
  • noun A narrow valley; a ravine, especially one with a rapid stream running through it.
  • noun A corrugation or fold; a hollow, as in a sheet of metal.
  • noun A fellow or ‘cove’: as, a queer gill.
  • noun A frame with a pair of wheels used for conveying timber.
  • noun Same as gill-frame.
  • noun The breathing-organ of any animal that lives in the water.
  • noun Specifically, an organ in aquatic animals for the aërification of the blood through the medium of water; the respiratory apparatus of any animal that breathes the air which is mixed with water; by extension, a branchia, as of any invertebrate and of the ichthyopsidan vertebrates. See branchiæ.
  • noun Some part like or likened to a gill.
  • noun One of a number of radiating plates on the under side of the cap or pileus of a mushroom.
  • noun In entomology, the branchiæ or external breathing-organs of certain insectlarvæ.
  • To catch (fish) by the gills, as by means of a gill-net: as, gilled fish.
  • [In allusion to the parallel rows of filaments in a fish's gills.] In making worsted yarn, to make the fibers level and parallel with each other by drawing them through a gilling-machine.
  • To display the gills in swimming with the head partly out of water: as, mackerel go along gilling.
  • noun A liquid measure, one fourth of a pint in the British and United States systems.
  • noun A pint of ale.
  • noun An English penny or quarter bit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) An organ for aquatic respiration; a branchia.
  • noun (Bot.) The radiating, gill-shaped plates forming the under surface of a mushroom.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The fleshy flap that hangs below the beak of a fowl; a wattle.
  • noun The flesh under or about the chin.
  • noun (Spinning) One of the combs of closely ranged steel pins which divide the ribbons of flax fiber or wool into fewer parallel filaments.
  • noun (Anat.) Same as Branchial arches.
  • noun (Anat.) Same as Branchial clefts. See under Branchial.
  • noun See Operculum.
  • noun (Flax Manuf.) a spreader; a machine for subjecting flax to the action of gills.
  • noun a flat net so suspended in the water that its meshes allow the heads of fish to pass, but catch in the gills when they seek to extricate themselves.
  • noun (Anat.) an opening behind and below the head of most fishes, and some amphibians, by which the water from the gills is discharged. In most fishes there is a single opening on each side, but in the sharks and rays there are five, or more, on each side.
  • noun (Anat.) horny filaments, or progresses, on the inside of the branchial arches of fishes, which help to prevent solid substances from being carried into gill cavities.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gille, from Old French, wine measure, from Late Latin gillō, vessel for cooling liquids.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gile, of Scandinavian origin.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gille, from Gille, a woman's name.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gille, from Old Norse gil

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gile ("gill"), from Old Norse giolnar ("lips")

Examples

  • Ignore for the moment, the implication behind the misleading use of the phrase gill slits (and the 18th century frauds of militant evolutionist Ernst Haeckel) and consider the pair of words dramatically offset in the caption: embryonic humans a dramatic yet subtle change from the more common media phrase: human embryos.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • Ignore for the moment, the implication behind the misleading use of the phrase gill slits (and the 18th century frauds of militant evolutionist Ernst Haeckel) and consider the pair of words dramatically offset in the caption: embryonic humans a dramatic yet subtle change from the more common media phrase: human embryos.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • Ignore for the moment, the implication behind the misleading use of the phrase gill slits (and the 18th century frauds of militant evolutionist Ernst Haeckel) and consider the pair of words dramatically offset in the caption: embryonic humans a dramatic yet subtle change from the more common media phrase: human embryos.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • Ignore for the moment, the implication behind the misleading use of the phrase gill slits (and the 18th century frauds of militant evolutionist Ernst Haeckel) and consider the pair of words dramatically offset in the caption: embryonic humans a dramatic yet subtle change from the more common media phrase: human embryos.

    WN.com - Financial News

  • At a very early stage we notice in the embryo of man and the other amniotes, at each side of the head, the remarkable and important structures which we call the gill-arches and gill-clefts (Figures

    The Evolution of Man — Volume 1

  • Comb-like structures called gill rakers filter tasty critters like krill out of the water for the sharks to dine on.

    Giant Sharks Swim Onto Species Watch List

  • Comb-like structures called gill rakers filter tasty critters like krill out of the water for the sharks to dine on.

    Giant Sharks Swim Onto Species Watch List

  • Another character that unites the chordates is the pharyngeal arches and pouches sometimes inaccurately called gill arches and gill slits.

    Haeckel had a point - The Panda's Thumb

  • Comb-like structures called gill rakers filter tasty critters like krill out of the water for the sharks to dine on.

    Giant Sharks Swim Onto Species Watch List

  • Comb-like structures called gill rakers filter tasty critters like krill out of the water for the sharks to dine on.

    Giant Sharks Swim Onto Species Watch List

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  • Unit of measure (j-sound); fish respiratory organ (hard g).

    November 22, 2007